Gov. Tim Walz to impose new vaccine requirement for state workers

Mandate applies to 50,000 in Minn.


August 12, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urged other employers to require vaccinations.

State government employees returning to the office must soon prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 or comply with at least weekly testing, under a new requirement announced Wednesday by Gov. Tim Walz.

The vaccine-or-test mandate, effective Sept. 8, applies to roughly 50,000 people who work under the umbrella of state government and on Minnesota State campuses. It comes as infections from the fast-spreading delta variant of the virus continue to rise in Minnesota.

"Vaccination is the best way to keep employees and the people we serve safe and ensure the delta variant does not derail our economic recovery," Walz said in a statement. "The state is leading by example and working to get our public employees vaccinated to protect themselves, their co-workers and their communities."


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